Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself

Pauline Gross
November 8, 2018

On March 5th, Ruthie Ann Miles, a Tony award-winning actress, and her friend Lauren Lew were walking in Park Slope with their children-Miles's four-year-old daughter Abigail and Lew's 20-month-old son Joshua-and were crossing 9th Street at Fifth Avenue when Bruns came barreling through a red light. Authorities say pills and a note were found nearby. Two months after the crash, Miles and her husband, Jonathan Blumenstein, suffered more heartbreak when they lost their unborn baby.

A background check of her driving shows she had about a dozen traffic violations against her since 2016, including speeding and running red lights.

Dorothy Bruns was indicted earlier this year on charges of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault after she allegedly drove her vehicle through a crosswalk, killing Miles' daughter, 4-year-old Abigail, and Lew's son, 1-year-old Joshua.

Bruns was out on bail after pleading not guilty to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

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Bruns had multiple sclerosis, which prompted questions about whether she was fit to drive. Another victim, a 46-year-old male, was rushed to hospital as well.

The driver of that auto, Dorothy Bruns, 44, allegedly lost control of the vehicle and faced 15 years in prison after being charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and assault.

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